Glenwood’s Murphy wins at Tiara Rado Golf Course; Rifle 2nd in team standings
GRAND JUNCTION — Lauren Murphy of Glenwood Springs High School took home medalist honors and Rifle High School’s girls golf team took second as a team in a 13-team tournament at Tiara Rado Golf Course on Monday.
Murphy, a freshman at Colorado Rocky Mountain School in Carbondale who is playing for Glenwood, finished with an 8-over par 80 on the par-72 course to earn a four-shot victory over second-place Elly Walters of Rifle. It’s the second time that Murphy has earned medalist honors this season for the Demons, who finished fifth in the team standings with a score of 283.
It’s the second victory of the season for Murphy — she won the Demons’ season-opening tournament at Chipeta Golf Course on March 9 — and her second second-pace finish, placing her among the top two individuals in each of the four tournaments she’s played in.
Walters came just four strokes away from netting her fourth victory in five tournaments this season, and her final score of 84 paced a Bears squad that finished four strokes behind the first-place score of 274 by Montrose. Eagle Valley was one stroke behind Rifle with a 279, with Class 5A Grand Junction (280) and Glenwood following.
Also finishing for Rifle was Caitlin Morgan (94), Toni Booth (100), Savannah Seay (101) and Rachel Page (106). For Glenwood, Audrey Jones carded a 101 and Jordan DeCrow birdied her final hole the finish at 102. Melissa Thrun finished at 104, with Callie Jones carding a 108.
Glenwood, Rifle, Coal Ridge and Grand Valley play again today at the Wildcat Invitational tournament at Redlands Mesa Golf Club in Fruita.
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